Cafe Reviews

Healthy Highs and Lows at Scottsdale's Original ChopShop Co.

Think of the Original ChopShop Co., located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Scottsdale Road in Old Town Scottsdale, as a kind of casual convenience mart for the health-conscious.

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It's an easy-to-find quick-service spot where salads, wraps, and protein shakes (thankfully) take the place of microwave hot dogs, day-old doughnuts, and Big Gulps.

And the good-for-you dishes -- served from sunrise to sundown and late into the evening -- are affordable enough that you can pitch a few extra coins into the jar next to the cash register.

But I don't want to oversell the place.

Here's an excerpt from this week's review:

"Of the eight styles of sandwiches, you could skip the Moroccan turkey creation, a flavor-starved stack of meat with traces of veggies, grapes, and yogurt sauce that sounds better on paper than it tastes. There's also a chicken and prosciutto with not very much prosciutto. It would be better if weren't for a heavy-handed application of fig mostarda. Better is the grilled tri-tip, in which juicy chunks of beef meet with very good caramelized onions, Fontina cheese, mushrooms, and a nice horseradish crème. It could probably make do without the apple slices, but they aren't a deal-breaker. The best sandwich of the bunch may be the tuna salad, whose strong (but not too strong) flavor is cut with an olive tapenade and mixed with veggies for a light, earthy taste with a crunch."

Hungry for more? Read my full review of Scottsdale's Original ChopShop Co. here.

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